Meet our trustees
Our trustees are a respected group of individuals who are just as passionate as we are about supporting the next generation of scientists. Their input and support is crucial to the success of our work as an educational charity.
Dr David Cleevely CBE, FRENG, FIET
Founding Chair of the Cambridge Science Centre, Co-founder of Cambridge Wireless
As well as being the founding Chair of the Cambridge Science Centre, Dr Cleevely is also a founding Director of the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge. He has been a prime mover behind the Cambridge Network, co-founder of Cambridge Wireless, co-founder and Chairman of Cambridge Angels and he’s also a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Communications Policy Panel.
David has also founded or co-founded numerous companies, including the
web-based antibody company Abcam (ABC.L) with Dr Jonathan Milner. He’s Chair of four companies, including the award-winning restaurant Bocca di Lupo in Soho. He’s been a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board and of the Ministry of Defence Board overseeing information systems and services. David studied cybernetics at Reading University and received a PhD from Cambridge. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the IET.
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Jon is an experienced trustee and chair with a background in technology, media and science communication.
He is currently a Trustee of The Eden Project and Raspberry Pi Foundation, a board member of Cambridge University Botanic Garden and an Ambassador for the WWF. Previously, he has been Chair of Ravensbourne University London, and Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Woodland Trust.
At the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Jon was founding Director of Culture Online, a programme to extend the reach of science and arts using new techniques.
His team won twenty-eight major awards, including four BAFTA’s, the National Newspaper Awards and the UN World Summit E-Learning Award.
At the BBC, Jon led the development of world-first services such as GCSE Bitesize and supervised national campaigns promoting numeracy and computer literacy. As Executive Producer and Director, he was responsible for more than fifty science and engineering TV series.
Author of Around the World in 80 Trees, a widely translated bestseller entwining science and culture, Jon is a frequent public speaker on science topics.
He was awarded a CBE in 2006.
Dr Chris Lennard, MBA
Founding CEO of the Cambridge Science Centre
The outstanding team that he assembled and managed opened the first science and discovery centre for Cambridge in February 2013. Chris joined the Board of Trustees in 2015. This has allowed him to pursue his interest in impact assessment of charity financing. Chris is currently Executive Advisor to the Evolution
Education Trust and financial operations consultant to the Galapagos Conservation Trust. Chris holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from London Business School. Chris is also a graphic artist in his spare time when not fiddling about with old cars!
Entrepreneur in Ink Jet Technologies
Graduated from Wadham College, University of Oxford, in engineering in 1981. There were just 15 women in a 150-strong engineering department during her time at Oxford. She joined Cambridge Consultants Ltd – a technology and innovation company – before starting her own ink jet company. As she rose through the ranks, she found that being a woman in a male-dominated environment had its advantages: “You were always noticed and not forgotten,”
she says. After 18 years in Industrial Ink Jet, she left work to concentrate on bringing up her three children. Later she started a family property company, which she continues to manage. As well as being a Trustee of the Cambridge Science Centre, Amanda is a Governor of The King’s School in Ely. She also runs the Relithan Charitable Trust alongside her husband Warren East, CEO of Rolls Royce, providing generous support for our charity’s work over the years.
Dr Lucinda Spokes
Head of Public Engagement, University of Cambridge
Lucinda studied Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. She moved to the University of East Anglia for her PhD and post-doctoral research on the impact of human activity on our oceans, conducting fieldwork across the world, on land and at sea.
During this time, Lucinda developed a real enthusiasm for sharing research more widely. She moved into science outreach as part of an EU funded education project, producing the first online climate encyclopaedia for the public, and then to the education charity STEM Team East. At STEM Team, East Lucinda promoted and delivered STEM enrichment and engagement education throughout Cambridgeshire and East Anglia. As part of this role, she developed activities for the University of Cambridge Science Festival.
This led to a position as Cambridge Science Festival Manager. After eight fabulous festivals, Lucinda now heads up the University of Cambridge Public Engagement Team where she oversees the Festival as well as helping support researchers and the public to engage collaboratively, effectively, and enjoyably with each other, sharing information, ideas and inspiration.
With her extensive experience in science communication and public engagement, Lucinda brings valuable expertise of our sector to the Board.
Senior Associate, Private Client Advisory, Birketts LLP
I joined Cambridge Science Centre as a legal trustee in February 2022. It is my first time as a charity trustee and I am excited about the challenges ahead.
I am a solicitor by trade and joined my current firm (Birketts) as a Senior Associate in the Private Client Advisory Team in July 2021. I am based in their Cambridge office and have over 13 years’ experience in the field of wills, trusts, tax and probate. My Cambridge clients include academics, business owners, high net worth individuals and other professionals.
Since beginning my career as a solicitor I have sat as a committee member of Cambridge Law Society and have also been a committee member of the Cambridge branch of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).
Helping and supporting people is at the heart of my work. I meet many of my clients at what is often a challenging or emotionally difficult time in their lives. Guiding clients through their situation and using my legal expertise to help them get the best result possible is extremely rewarding. Indeed, one of the most gratifying aspects of my work is when clients tell me I have helped them through a very difficult period.
Given my lifelong love of learning, my enjoyment of museums, and my passion for inspiring others, I look forward to working alongside my co-trustees at Cambridge Science Centre to encourage a love of STEM subjects among school children.
Amy Weatherup is a serial entrepreneur who has held senior sales, marketing and business development roles in both start-ups and multinational companies, and now focuses on turning university research into practice.
She was co-founder and marketing director of STNC Ltd., a venture-backed start-up which was the first company in the world to put web browsers onto mobile phones and was acquired by Microsoft in 1999.
More recently she has focused on the commercialisation of University inventions, and in helping the next generation of entrepreneurs develop the appropriate skills. She founded and runs the Cambridge University i-Teams programme where multi-disciplinary teams of students work to assess the best route to market for new university inventions, and which has resulted in over 90 technology and life sciences startups so far.
She is also a Trustee of Birthlight which translates the latest anthropological and medical research into practical ways of helping mothers and babies.
Amy continues to work with technology start-ups, as a Non-executive Director at Audio Analytic Ltd., which brings a sense of hearing to a wide range of electronic products, and as a regular advisor to DeepTech Labs and TechNation.
Amy has been deeply involved in the education sector since her own children started at school. She is currently a founding Trustee at the University of Cambridge Primary School and a Trustee at the Eastern Learning Alliance.
Amy holds a degree in Mathematics from Trinity College, Cambridge, and plays viola and saxophone in her spare time.
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Join our Trustees
We are currently looking for new and enthusiastic trustees to help us continue our mission to inspire young people in STEM.
As we move into the next exciting and challenging phase of our growth, we’re looking for an outstanding individual to join the board of trustees and help us shape our future effectively. Our trustees are all volunteers and are a hugely supporting team that offers our charity their expectational experience and expertise in technology, engineering, industry and education.
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